Former Chelsea boss has some advice for £16m Liverpool striker

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Gianluca Vialli has been speaking about Mario Balotelli's chances of getting back in the Italy side.

Liverpool took a risk this summer by snapping up Mario Balotelli from AC Milan for a £16 million transfer fee.

The controversial striker has been asked to help fill the void of the departed Luis Suarez, after the Uruguayan left for Barcelona after the World Cup.

Balotelli had a disappointing World Cup for Italy. Despite a goal against England he was widely criticised by the press in Italy for his lacklustre performances and seemingly uninterested attitude.

Since then there has been a change in management at Italy. Cesare Prandelli, often lauded for getting the best out of Balotelli is gone, replaced by Juventus hero Antonio Conte.

And rumour has it Conte is not that big a fan of Balotelli - a rumour that is looking increasingly true.

He has so far failed to call up Balotelli to either of his Italian squads, preferring the likes of Borussia Dortmund's Ciro Immobile, Sassuolo's Simone Zaza and Southampton's Graziano Pelle.

So far that decision has been justified, with the new strikers looking good while Balotelli struggles for his best form at Liverpool, even if his behaviour is exemplary.

And one person who has tried to offer Balotelli some advice is former Chelsea player and boss Gianluca Vialli. The Italian, who spent four years with Chelsea as a player and then manager, has told the Italian media what Balotelli needs to do in order to win over Conte.

"The Azzuri attackers, they are young, talented, running, sweating, put themselves at the disposal of the team and they do it with enthusiasm. Hopefully Balotelli watch the matches of Nazionale to understand what it takes to rejoin the group., but it makes me smile at the thought of the faces that Balotelli would do in the face of the shouting from Conte."

Time will tell if Balotelli can make it back into the Italian fold. He will need to score plenty more goals and work a lot harder before he wins over Conte - but if he can do that, he will certainly play for Italy again soon.

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